Day 200: Cycling in hellish heat

22 07 2010

Our to-do list is finally getting shorter as we finish getting things ready for our trip to Williamsburg tomorrow. We’re excited about pedaling around town on Saturday, exploring various historical and scenic sites. Last night, I checked the Weather.com app to see what the weather would be like for our day of fun. The forecast: Hellish! God-awful! Hot as Dante’s Inferno! The temperature is supposed to be 106 degrees! Yes, not the heat index, but the actual temperature. Silly me – I had no idea Virginia was that hot. I expected it when I lived in Texas, but Virginia? Our bike-riding-sightseeing adventure may turn out to be a driving-the-car-and-suck-up-the-air-conditioning-while-we-can adventure, but either way, we’re looking forward to it.

In case you have equally horrendous high temperatures where you live, here are some tips on cycling in hot weather:

Stay Cool When Riding Your Bike (Bicycling.com)
Bicycle Commuting in 120 Degree Temps (BicyclingLife.com)
Hot Weather Cycling (BikeForums.net)
Avoid Heat Stress When You Ride (Active.com)

Stay safe (and cool) out there! Remember LOTS of water or sports drink. And sunscreen.

Today’s food journal:

Breakfast:
— Chocolate, banana, peanut butter smoothie = 385 cal.

Lunch:
— Salad with ranch dressing = 178
— Small bag Rold Gold pretzels = 230
— Diet Coke = 0

Dinner:
— 3 pieces pepperoni pizza = 1015
— Iced tea = 0

Snacks:
— 4 bite-size York peppermint patties (afternoon snack) = 41
— Skinny Cow ice cream cups (2) = 240

Life’s a journey. Enjoy the ride!

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2 responses

23 07 2010
gonecycling

Woah – 106F? That’s HOT. The only time I’ve ridden in temperatures like that was in the south of France. It’s OK while you’re moving, but if you have to stop for a red light or road junction, it’s horrible. The hydration thing is difficult: too much water is seriously not-good-for-you, but sports drink loses its zesty refreshment after the fourth or fifth bottle. There are some flavours I just can’t drink any more, having quaffed a couple of quarts on a particularly long hot day. Hope the forecasters are wong and you find it’s a pleasant 75C and sunny for the entire trip. Bonne route!

25 07 2010
Alice - cyclingproject365

I agree, Nick. In temps that high it’s bad enough when you’re moving, but stopping for a traffic light or a rest break makes my skin feel like it’s sizzling. I’ve burned myself out on several flavors of sports drink after drinking them too much. Guess it’s time to change brands/flavors. The good news is the weather is forecasting temps in the 80s tomorrow!

Stay safe out there.

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